Young people are crucial to driving solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face globally.
Youth for Green Growth supports young people to develop and deliver a global campaign focused on positive environmental change. The full and meaningful engagement of young people is not only important, but also critical if we are to achieve green growth. Through Youth for Green Growth seven of Raleigh’s National Youth-led societies have been supported to identify urgent environmental challenges in their countries, implementing initiatives to address these them.
Circular Future is a movement of young people that are committed to increasing education on reducing, recycling and repurposing plastic waste whilst improving access to affordable prosthetics in Malaysia. At the moment, only 16% of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in Malaysia are collected for recycling purposes while 160,000 of Malaysia’s population needs prosthetic devices. Through Circular Future, young people will change the knowledge, attitude and behaviour surrounding plastic waste disposal practices through various knowledge sharing methods. Circular Future will increase the recycling of PET plastics to create 3D prosthetics for 30 amputees from underprivileged backgrounds.
Increasing migration levels from the countryside to the city in search of better employment opportunities has resulted in rising air pollution and overpopulation in the capital city of Mongolia and the neglect of the rural areas of the country. Urban Nomads intends to increase the economic opportunities and living conditions in smaller villages to decrease outward migration. Young people living in Mongolia are running an innovative youth-led eco and sustainable lifestyle campaign called Urban Nomad which is supporting local youth to launch green enterprises in their communities. Young people will be trained in the construction of composing toilets, how to grow organic vegetables and how to commercialise existing sustainable produce. This will help young people in remote and rural areas across Mongolia to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Campaign activities will include educational workshops and nationwide awareness raising campaigns.
Despite their global ecological significance, Tanzania’s forests are currently being lost at a rate of 300,000-400,000 hectares each year, more than twice the global average. In response to the urgent need for climate action, young people in Tanzania are leading a campaign called ‘#KeshoTutachelewa’ (Tomorrow Is Too Late). The campaign will support young people across the country to plant 10 million trees. This will help reverse deforestation in rural areas impacted by farming and the use of wood for fuel. The campaign will turn negative environmental behaviours into positive ones among young people, supporting decision makers to put in place positive environmental policies and mobilise a generation of young Tanzanians to act for the future of their peers, their communities, and their country. Since launching the campaign, thousands of young people have planted trees in seven regions across Tanzania and relationships have been built with local partners to ensure project sustainability.
The expansion of agricultural activities in different areas of Nicaragua has led to a gradual decrease in forest cover. In response to the urgent need for climate action, young people in Nicaragua are leading a campaign called Dame Chance (Give me a Chance). The campaign will support almost 250 young people to promote and create sustainable green jobs and behaviours. The campaign will also support thousands of local farmers and small businesses to adopt positive environmental practices and reduce their impact on protected forested areas in and around their communities. Through the campaign, over 6,000 people will be working to reduce the impact of deforestation and promote green jobs in 16 rural communities in the north and pacific regions of Nicaragua.
Young people in Costa Rica are leading a campaign called ‘Greentalist’. The campaign will support thousands of young people to promote positive environmental actions and behaviours. This will help young people across Costa Rica to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. The campaign will run an innovative youth-led environmental education programme. The curriculum will include sessions on ecological awareness, waste management and reduction, sustainable lifestyles, and environmental leadership and social action.
Kathmandu is a beautiful and vibrant, city. However, visitors and residents are surrounded by plastic pollution where single use plastic makes up 16% of landfills. To address the growing plastic problem in Kathmandu, young people in Nepal are leading a campaign called ‘Kathmandu Recycles’, a movement built upon action, collaboration and large-scale behavioural change. The campaign will support hundreds of young people to create new livelihoods by 2022. It will equip them with skills and knowledge to run green businesses in the circular economy in the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Recycles will also create a movement of 5,000 young people who are promoting and adopting sustainable alternatives to plastics.
Communities living near the Parsa and Chitwan National Parks in Nepal are geographically isolated and have very few job opportunities. Many people are forced to earn an income through unsustainable activities such as clearing land to grow cash crops. This destroys wildlife habitats and threatens the natural resources the communities rely on. WILD promotes sustainable alternatives by supporting young people to develop eco-friendly enterprises in sectors such as agro-forestry, eco-tourism and agriculture. We provide training for women and young people in entrepreneurial skills and natural resource management. Young people lead formative research and behaviour change campaigns to increase support for green businesses in their communities. Through WILD women and young people will have increased opportunities for sustainable income generation, resulting in less environmental degradation.